Contracted Suffix Trees: A Simple and Dynamic Text Indexing Data Structure

  • Andrzej Ehrenfeucht
  • Ross M. McConnell
  • Sung-Whan Woo
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 5577)


We address the problem of finding the locations of all instances of a string P in a text T, where of T is allowed to facilitate the queries. Previous data structures for this problem include the suffix tree, the suffix array, and the compact DAWG. We modify a data structure called a sequence tree, which was proposed by Coffman and Eve for hashing, and adapt it to the new problem. We can then produce a list of k occurrences of any string P in T in O(||P|| + k) time. Because of properties shared by suffixes of a text that are not shared by arbitrary hash keys, we can build the structure in O(||T||) time, which is much faster than Coffman and Eve’s algorithm. These bounds are as good as those for the suffix tree, suffix array, and the compact DAWG. The advantages are the elementary nature of some of the algorithms for constructing and using the data structure and the asymptotic bounds we can give for updating the data structure when the text is edited.


Hash Table Suffix Tree Candidate Position Suffix Array Consecutive Block 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Andrzej Ehrenfeucht
    • 1
  • Ross M. McConnell
    • 2
  • Sung-Whan Woo
    • 2
  1. 1.Dept. of Computer ScienceUniversity of Colorado at BoulderBoulderUSA
  2. 2.Dept. of Computer ScienceColorado State UniversityFort CollinsUSA

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